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Restoration and resilience

Trevenen, E., Standish, R.J.ORCID: 0000-0001-8118-1904, Price, C. and Hobbs, R.J. (2017) Restoration and resilience. In: Allison, S.K. and Murphy, S.D., (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. Routledge, London, pp. 509-521.

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This chapter explores resilience and allied concepts for their potential to be implemented in practical settings to achieve restoration goals. It argues that traditional approaches aimed at determining thresholds should be accompanied by theoretical approaches to quantify resilience because such a unified and simple approach is likely to gain traction in restoration practice and management. The concept of resilience has been widely adopted by ecologists, environmental managers and policy-makers. The chapter discusses the ecological properties that are proposed to contribute to resilience. It also discusses current ideas on the attributes that appear to confer resilience, and how we might intervene to modify ecological factors and environmental conditions so as to maintain these attributes. Research has also identified the positive effects of modularity on resilience, and although there are few directives on how to intervene to maintain or create a modular structure, large-scale restoration projects offer unique test-beds for developing ideas.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 2017 the contributors
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